"Hurt So Good" redirects here. For the song by John Mellencamp with a similar title, see Hurts So Good
"It Hurts So Good" is a song written by Phillip Mitchell, and first recorded in 1971 by Katie Love and the Four Shades of Black on the Muscle Shoals Sound label. That version was not a hit, and the song was later recorded more successfully by Millie Jackson, whose 1973 recording was featured in the blaxploitation action film Cleopatra Jones. Hit versions were also recorded by Susan Cadogan, and Jimmy Somerville, in both cases as "Hurt So Good".
Millie Jackson's recording charted at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on what was then called R&B Singles. It was used as the title track of her second album, It Hurts So Good.
Susan Cadogan released a reggae cover version of the song later that year called "Hurt So Good", which featured bassist Boris Gardiner and the Zap Pow horns. It was released to little effect in Jamaica on Perry's new 'Perries' record label, but was released in the UK by Dennis Harris's DIP International label, and topped the UK Reggae Chart. Magnet Records picked up the single and it went on to reach the top 5 of the UK Singles Chart, with Cadogan flying to London to promote the single, including a television appearance on Top of the Pops.
"Hurt So Good" is the third single from former Bronski Beat lead singer Jimmy Somerville. It charted at #15 on the UK Singles Chart in 1995.